Thursday, 29 January 2015

MPOV: Her Own Rules

Meredith Stratton worked hard to become a successful businesswoman—and now she owns six elegant inns all over the world. But on a trip abroad she is struck by a strange illness, one that seems to have no physical cause. Meredith has always played by her own rules—and won—and now she must uncover the roots of this mystery ailment that threatens her future happiness. The answers lie buried somewhere in her forgotten past. And with the help of a caring psychiatrist, Meredith will have to peel back the layers of her most carefully designed and constructed creation: herself.


Finally reading a Barbara Taylor Bradford novel that I knew. I mean her newer books were written differently which I couldn't grasps. This reminded me of A Woman of Substance. The strength portrayed, the weakness and the willpower all in 1 book... or rather woman. Totally enjoyed reading it although a light one. Girl power!

Rating: 3.5/5
Author: Barbara Taylor Bradford
Genre: Fiction

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Crochet: Leaping Stripes & Blocks Beanie

Finally made a beanie for hubs as his birthday gift! Since he wanted a Manchester United Football Club theme, I have incorporated these colours. The only thing missing from this beanie is the logo... need to hunt for an embroidered MUFC logo now.
Red, white and black
What I've used:

  • 3 skeins 7 ply Korean mixed cotton yarns
I've actually amended the pattern a little such as adding another row of the ribbed brim so that it is pulled over. Now hubs wants me to add pompoms at the top >.<


I've gotten this pattern from:
http://www.mooglyblog.com/leaping-stripes-and-blocks-beanies/#m7gUiT00YSOKrGBY.99

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Amigurumi: Snuggles the Penguin

Last Tuesday was Penguin Awareness Day so I thought of making 1 and it turned out to be so cute! I got this pattern from Stephanie of www.allaboutami.com. Unfortunately, I think I have eye sight problem as I didn't realized I've attached the beak lower. Also, I've missed out the pink felted cheeks. Anyway, it still looked adorable! LOL!
What I've used:

  • 100% acrylic yarns
  • polyfill fibre
  • 13mm eyes

You can click on the link below for the pattern:
http://www.allaboutami.com/post/19587715573/snugglesthepenguinpattern

Monday, 26 January 2015

Cross-stitch: Unicorn

After abandoning it for a gazillion years, I have finally completed this unicorn! If you noticed, even the cloth has yellow splotches due to negligence LOL!
Anyway, I was really glad to have finished this in time for Chinese New Year! Now need to look for a 14.5" square frame...

Pattern from Something Special: Unicorn Collection (Designs by Candi Martin)

Friday, 23 January 2015

This weekend's events

Additional book exchange session is coming our way this Saturday (24 Jan), 10am to 12pm at the cabin! Yay!

The above taken from https://www.facebook.com/sjusjbep

I will be at I Love Bazaar Subang Parade this Sunday, 25/1/15, from 11am to 9pm! Located at first floor, facing Yamaha/Reliance so please drop by our booth for Valentine's and CNY shopping! Loads of new arrivals such as accessories and cardigans!

MDDB 2015 calenders will be on sale. Those wanting to donate supplies may drop it off here. We are in urgent need of old newspaper, puppy and dog food. Thanking you in advance :-) See you there!


A year ago, when Ganesan's 200 over dogs faced an ultimatum of being removed from Brickfields car park and euthanized due to their old age by the local council, Lost Animal Souls Shelter or fondly called LASS was set up and registered and Kenny Chew, an angel of a man from Makassar Builders helped us build a Shelter in just over 5 months with the minimum of cost to meet the deadline of 31st December 2013.

All 200 dogs were rehomed and today they have the best time of their lives rolling in the grass, peeing under trees, pooing in the sand, basking in the sun and even cooling off in the mini pool.

At LASS we want our dogs to have equal opportunities as humans i.e they are not caged or chained. They have the liberty to do what they like and how they like it.

Having said all that, we will be having our 1st Anniversary Clean Up Day at the Shelter. Lots of activities are in store.

If you have been contributing to the well-being of our Shelter, YOU must come and see where your money has been put to good use. The Sathya Sai Baba FT & Selangor Branch will be hosting this event and we invite you all to come and join us.

Thanks also to SEEDS (Save Every and Each Deserving Soul) group who have always been there for us.

Thanks to all our awesome supporters whom without you we wont be where we are.

Thanks to Seema Subash who puts animal welfare above eveything else to help us with various activities. We feel blessed!

And last but not the least, thanks to the awesome LASS Team who made it happen!


Furry Friends Farm, 1st Cat Adoption Drive. Come ! Come and meet our beautiful felines. Kittens and adult cats, take one or two home and fill your heart and home with love.

See you at The Bee, Jaya One on 25 Jan,2015 from 11 am - 3 pm.You can grab our beautiful merchandises too !

As our feline residents is on Royal Canin kibbles, we would prefer for them to continue to be fed with one. Hence, Royal Canin has generously agreed to provide a complimentary 2 kg FIT 32 and RM 10 voucher for your future purchase at any pet shops (for successful adopter)

Please help to share so, we can have more chance for the cats to find their forever home smile emoticon

Thank you

Thursday, 22 January 2015

CNY preparation

Chinese New Year (CNY) is just around the corner hence this is my 'growing check list' LOL! Well, it will be added and amended as and when required :-)
  • Greeting cards - checked
  • Spring cleaning
  • New clothes and undies
  • Praying stuffs
  • CNY groceries
  • Trim hair
  • Manicure & pedicure
  • Red packets
  • Minnie's grooming
Anyway, this year, CNY falls on 19th February 2015, year of the wooden goat. With less than a month to go, there is still no festivity mood... everything is quiet so I felt that this time it would be a quiet celebration. No frills, no loud bangs. With so many unfortunate incidents from the start of 2015, I noticed many people have tied up their banks, not willing to overspend with many saving for rainy days. I don't even feel the mood anywhere! No music, no decorations, nothing. Sad, right?

Well, lets hope the year of the goat will bring more prosperity and good omens to all. Everything will be alright. Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

MPOV: Big Hero 6

Hiro Hamada is a 14-year-old robotics genius who lives in the futuristic city of San Fransokyo and spends his time participating in back-alley robot fights. His older brother Tadashi, worried that Hiro is wasting his potential, takes him to the robotics lab at his university, where Hiro meets Tadashi's friends, GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon, and Fred. It is here where Hiro first encounters Baymax, a personal healthcare robot created by Tadashi. Amazed, Hiro decides to apply to the school. In order to apply, he is required to create a project in order to present at the school's annual exhibition. He presents his project - microbots, swarms of tiny robots that can link together in any arrangement imaginable in order to gain admission. Professor Callaghan, head of the school's robotics program, is impressed, and Hiro is accepted. When a fire breaks out at the university, Tadashi rushes in to rescue Callaghan, but the building explodes and both are killed. As a result of losing his brother, Hiro secludes himself from others.

One day, Hiro accidentally activates Baymax, who follows one of his microbots to an abandoned warehouse. There, the two discover that someone has been mass-producing Hiro's bots; they are attacked by a masked man who is controlling the bots. Realizing this man has stolen his project, Hiro decides to catch him, and upgrades Baymax with armor and a battle chip. After the masked man attacks Hiro, Baymax, GoGo, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred, the six form a superhero team.

The group discovers a former lab of Krei Tech, a prestigious robotics company, that was experimenting with teleportation technology. The test went awry when the test pilot vanished inside an unstable portal. The masked man is revealed to be Professor Callaghan, who stole Hiro's bots and used them to escape the fire. Realizing that Tadashi died in vain, Hiro angrily removes Baymax's healthcare chip, leaving him with only the battle chip, and orders him to kill Callaghan. Baymax almost does so until Honey manages to insert the healthcare chip back in, restoring Baymax. Angry at his friends, Hiro goes home, and breaks down when Baymax asks him if killing Callaghan will make him feel better. To soften Hiro's loss, Baymax plays several humorous clips of Tadashi running tests on him during Baymax's development. Hiro realizes that killing Callaghan is not what Tadashi would've wanted and makes amends with his friends.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Ok, I super love Baymax... my hero! LOL! It's a really super cool animation with super cute castings albeit a super simple plot, nothing superficial but yet tender and touching. It is a meaningful movie so not for the tough-hearted. Throughout the movie, I actually laughed about 2/3 from the start but teary eyed towards the ending... I do wish I have my own Baymax.

Rating: 4/5
Directed by Don Hall and Chris Williams
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Daniel Henney, T.J. Miller, Jamie Chung
Intro: A 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, and is inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

MPOV: The Hobbits: The Battle of the 5 Armies

Bilbo and the Dwarves watch from the Lonely Mountain as the dragon Smaug destroys Laketown. Bard manages to break out of prison and kill Smaug with the black arrow, and the dragon's falling body crushes the fleeing Master of Laketown. Bard, chosen as the new leader, and the Laketown people seek refuge in the ruins of Dale. Tauriel travels to investigate Mount Gundabad with Legolas. Upon arriving at Erebor, Fili, Kili, Bofur and Oin are informed by Bilbo that Thorin has been inflicted with Smaug's "dragon sickness" and thus has gone insane as he searched for the Arkenstone. It is revealed that Bilbo actually stole the Arkenstone from Smaug but knows it should be hidden from Thorin, who orders the entrance of the Lonely Mountain be sealed off.

Meanwhile, Galadriel, Elrond and Saruman arrive at Dol Guldur and free Gandalf and engage the Nazgul while Radagast arrives and escorts Gandalf away. When Sauron confronts the group, Galadriel uses Eärendil's light to banish Sauron and the Nazgul from the fortress. Saruman tells Elrond to take the exhausted Galadriel to safety while he deals with Sauron. Gandalf leaves Radagast for Erebor to warn of the Orc army approaching the Mountain. Azog, marching on Erebor with his vast Orc army, sends Bolg to Gundabad to summon their other army. Legolas and Tauriel witness the march of Bolg's army, bolstered by Goblins and giant bats.

While Bard and the Laketown survivors shelter in Dale, Thranduil and his elf army arrives with supplies and aid, and forms an alliance with Bard, wishing to claim a necklace of white gems from the Mountain. Bard attempts to negotiate and reason with Thorin to avoid war, who refuses to cooperate, much to the company's dismay. After Gandalf arrives at Dale, Bilbo sneaks out of Erebor to hand the Arkenstone over to Thranduil and Bard. The next day, Bard and Thranduil's armies gather at the gates of Erebor, offering to trade the Arkenstone for gold. Thorin learns of Bilbo's deception and nearly kills him, before Gandalf forces Thorin to release Bilbo. Meanwhile, Thorin's cousin Dáin arrives with a Dwarf army and prepares to attack the Elves and Men before Azog's army arrives. With the Orcs outnumbering Dain's army, Thranduil and Bard's forces, along with Gandalf and Bilbo, join the battle.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Due to the many good reviews, I actually had a very high expectation of this movie. After watching the movie, actions aside, I felt it was overrated. The plots were somewhat expected and at times a little over dramatic. I guess the actions took over the film hence the rave reviews. It was entertaining with the many fight scenes but I guess I shouldn't have set the bar too high. I actually preferred the earlier 2 parts especially the first one, An Unexpected Journey.

Rating: 3/5
Directed by Peter Jackson
Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom
Genre: A 2014 epic fantasy adventure film, directed by Peter Jackson and written by Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, and Guillermo del Toro. It is the third and final installment in the three-part film adaptation based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, following An Unexpected Journey (2012) and The Desolation of Smaug (2013).

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